Publications

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center produces a variety of reports, policy briefs, and other publications on state budget and tax policy, health care policy, education policy, poverty and public welfare, the economy, and several related issues. Below is an archive of all PBPC publications to date.

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October 13, 2014

The Pew Charitable Trust recently looked at how all 50 states are recovering from the Great Recession (late 2007 to mid-2009) and the challenges – loss of tax revenue, depletion of cash reserves, increased demand for certain services – they faced. A closer look at the Pennsylvania data showed that spending and tax cuts in 2011 reversed Pennsylvania’s initially robust recovery of state revenues following the Great Recession.  

Through September, Revenues are on Target, but Fiscal Troubles Remain
General Fund revenue collections are on track to meet targets through the first quarter of 2014-15. While revenue collections in the first quarter are the smallest of the commonwealth’s fiscal year, the results are a good, if early, sign.

Despite the positive revenue results, many questions remain regarding the fiscal health of the commonwealth.

October 2, 2014

Property taxes are high in some Pennsylvania school districts, but PBPC’s new report, "Reform, Not Repeal: Pennsylvania Can Provide Property Tax Relief and Protect Public Schools," reveals that compared to the national average and neighboring states, property taxes are moderate in most communities.

October 2, 2014

Pennsylvania should better target its property tax relief and overhaul its assessment system rather than eliminate the local property taxes that fund our children’s schools and prepare our future workforce, a report released today by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center concluded.

September 22, 2014

Working families in Pennsylvania pay a far higher share of their income in state and local taxes than the state’s wealthiest earners. And – thanks to corporate tax loopholes, the phase out of the capital stock and franchise tax, and other tax breaks – taxes collected from corporations in Pennsylvania have declined as a share of total tax revenue over the past 30 years … and the share coming from individual taxpayers has increased.

New Census data shows that poverty remains stubbornly high in Pennsylvania, and residents in many areas have not recovered income losses following the Great Recession.

Pennsylvania is already short of money and borrowing to pay bills less than three months into a new budget year. And that's after transferring $225 million from other state funds in July.

 

August 15, 2014

Several American cities have raised cigarette taxes as a public health measure and to generate local revenue for cash-strapped programs. These taxes are not as regressive as once assumed and can be an important part of a local funding package. Philadelphia has requested authorization from the General Assembly to add a $2 per pack tax on cigarettes sold in the city to raise an estimated $70-$90 million  for its public schools.

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